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Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

EF10-22
Review Date: Mar 20, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $699.99 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Very sharp, focuses like a dream in low light, lightweight
Cons:
Build quality is terrible (this is my second lens), front element moves :(

Like I said above, the lens is very, very crisp wide open at 10mm and throughout the range. The low light focusing is pretty amazing; near pitch black alleys were no problem for it. The lens is also VERY light weight. I was able to hand hold it at 1/4 sec. with great results.

On the opposite side, the lens is not built well at all. My first copy was literally breaking in two, and my new copy still feels loose at the mount. The focus ring isn't very tight either. Lastly on the negatives, the front element moves forward and back with zooming -- without sealing this lens is asking to be filled with dust.

Overall, the resolving power and overall optical performance make up for the shoddy build.


 
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USM

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Review Date: Jan 19, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp, totally usable at f/1.4, smooth focusing, lovely color reproduction.
Cons:
A bit heavy (as to be expected from an f1.4 lens of this focal length), price is pretty steep, but the results surely outweigh this.

The 24mm f/1.4 focal lengeth and aperature make up what I consider to be the perfect prime to leave on a 1.6x body. I mainly use primes, and I have to say that this is my favorite.

Contrary to some opinions, I would take this over the 35mm f/1.4L anyday. The 24mm focal length is much more "usable" than the 35mm on a 1.6x body. I feel that the 35mm creates somewhat of an uncomfortable focal length in this respect. On a 1.3x or full frame sensor, the 35L would be a gem, but in the case of a 1.6x body, the 24L takes the cake for me.

The 24L encompasses a very nice build quality; solid in the hands, tight yet smooth zoom ring,

As somewhat of an odd note, I must say something about the lens size itself. In my opinion, this is one of the most ergonomically fitting lenses on a camera like the 20D. Some lenses are uncomfortable to use, and take a lot of getting used to. The 24L, on the other hand, just feels right. Although it IS pretty heavy, it's not like using a heavy telephoto, as the weight is still right in your hands and not 10+ inches out. The 24L is heavenly.

I have had no issues with the lens, and use it all the time. I would advise anyone to buy this lens Smile


 
Sigma 50mm f2.8 EX Macro 1:1 Lens

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Review Date: Oct 24, 2004 Recommend? no | Price paid: $250.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Pretty sharp, decent 1:1 ability.
Cons:
Focus ring is flimsy. The lens extends WAY too much in my opinion. I really dislike moving back an inch from my subjects so it can focus. IF would have been nice. Focusing hunts often (and takes a while because it extends so much), loud and annoying.

Meh.

 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Oct 24, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp at all aperatures. USM is very quick to focus. Small lens.
Cons:
Focus ring isn't very tight. If you put both fingers on it and move it in and out from the lens (side to side, not rotating) you can feel it pulling away from the barrel. AF/MF switch is also kinda flimsy.

If I had to buy one (inexpensive) lens, this may be it.

 
Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX Diagonal Fisheye

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Review Date: Oct 24, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very, very sharp. Great perspective on a 1.6x crop. Makes beautiful arcs on horizons.
Cons:
Version I had was not the one pictured with the silver ring. It had the gold ring and was much larger. Very disappointed to get the hefty version.

The only sigma lens I have ever truly enjoyed.

 
Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX APO IF HSM

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Review Date: Oct 24, 2004 Recommend? no | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Not too heavy to walk around with
Cons:
It was very soft, didn't work very well with servo.

I had a very hard time getting any sharp images out of this lens. The focus ring felt a little bit too flimsy to me as well.

 
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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Review Date: Oct 24, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $775.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp even at f/2, perfect bokeh, great on a 1.6x unlike many say
Cons:
Lens is a good size by itself, but with the hood it becomes pretty gigantic for a 135 in my opinion.

This is my walk-around lens for candids right now and I love it!